Cabinet Secretary Matt Hancock said the UK is on track to lift further lockdown restrictions next month, including allowing some indoor mixing.
When asked if funeral restrictions are being relaxed, the Minister of Health replied, “The data shows that we are essentially exactly on the right track where we expected at this point in time and that is obviously good news.
“That means we can follow the roadmap – and we look at the data all the time.
“The dates we set are not before the deadline because we want to see the effects of the individual steps before deciding on the next step.
“That is why the roadmap has been structured as it is so that we can check whether we are on the right track.
“The good news is that the next step is in a few weeks – and we will continue to monitor the data – but as of today we are on our way to step three on May 17th and that is good news. “
The UK health minister said the government is looking at ways to allow nursing home residents to spend time outdoors and return safely.
At the Downing Street press conference on Wednesday, Matt Hancock was asked by a member of the public when residents can go outside without self-isolating when they return.
He replied, “We’re working on it right now. I had a meeting yesterday to make sure we can properly follow the rules so people can safely exit and return from a nursing home without bringing the coronavirus back into the home. “
England’s assistant chief medical officer, Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, said it was “extremely important” to people’s mental health.
He said more data are needed to determine whether the vaccines are equally effective in “extremely frail elderly people as well as healthy and younger adults” and those at risk.
“This data will take a little longer to give us real clarity,” he said.
“And they will help us bring this image together so that I hope we can move at the maximum safe speed to get back to normal.”